NAIROBI — Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday, March 7, announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen to 172.
Speaking to journalists in Nairobi, he confirmed that 14 people had tested positive for the disease.
“696 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours out of which 14 people have tested positive for the disease,” he was quoted by local media.
Of the 14 newly diagnosed patients, twelve are Kenyans while two are foreign nationals.
“Four cases have a recent history of travel from Tanzania, South Africa, UAE and the United States,” he stated.
“Four of them are from quarantine facilities while 10 were picked by our surveillance teams,” he continued.
Further, Mutahi stated that the 14 patients had already been taken to isolation facilities and contact tracing had already begun.
Mutahi stated that three patients had been released from various hospitals, having turned negative.
He reiterated that the government would not hesitate to take even heavier measures in the coming days to curb the spread of the deadly disease.